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Labour MP Simon Danczuk faces historic rape allegation

By Nina Massey

Published 05/01/2016

Labour MP Simon Danczuk
Labour MP Simon Danczuk

Labour MP Simon Danczuk is facing a police probe after being accused of a historical rape.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We can confirm that we have received a report of a historic rape dating back to 2006.

"We are in the very early stages of an investigation and inquiries are ongoing. The complaint relates to a 49-year-old man."

Responding to the claims, the MP for Rochdale said: "These claims are malicious, untrue and extremely upsetting.

"The police have not been in touch with me but I will co-operate fully with any inquiries and am confident my name will be promptly cleared."

The claims come as embattled Mr Danczuk faces criticism over lewd texts he sent to Sophena Houlihan when she was 17. He blamed a "drink problem" for the sexually explicit messages.

He has been suspended from the Labour Party while an investigation takes place into his conduct, for which he has apologised "unreservedly".

The father-of-five's personal life has repeatedly made the headlines over the past year following the collapse of his marriage to wife Karen, who was dubbed the selfie queen after posting numerous photographs of herself in low-cut tops.

Yesterday at his office, around 20 protesters gathered calling for him to resign.

Mr Danczuk said: "I don't believe for one second the people of Rochdale have any intention of listening to such a rag tag bunch of political opponents".

And he claimed the protesters were political "malcontents" and did not represent the views of constituents he had met on the doorstep who gave him the "benefit of the doubt".

Mr Danczuk's comments came after his former partner, Claire Hamilton, said his admission of sending texts to Miss Houlihan led her to end their relationship shortly after Christmas.

She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "Simon hasn't got a stop button when he starts to drink. He will just keep consuming. If it's there, he'll drink it.

"It was getting harder and harder to be in the relationship, to the point that when he did confess to texting a teenage girl, it was definitely over. That was the straw that broke the camel's back and I knew there was no going back to him."

Miss Houlihan, now 18, said Mr Danczuk sent her numerous messages, including one asking if she wanted a "spanking", after she contacted him about a job.

Mr Danczuk said he would "always co-operate" if further allegations made by his first wife, Sonia Rossington, were investigated by police.

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